Thursday, August 8, 2013

More bullets fly in Penang, third man shot in 2 days

File photo of police taking Najadi's body to hospital after he was killed by a gunman in the heart of Kuala Lumpur on July 29, 2013.

A 43-year-old man was shot at outside a night club in George Town, The Star Online reported today, becoming the third target of hitmen in Penang in the past two days.

The man, said to be an underworld leader in the state, survived the barrage of seven bullets with only one hitting him in the left thigh.

He was rushed to the Penang Hospital and is reportedly in a stable condition.

Citing unnamed sources, the news portal reported the victim, known only by his nickname Too Pek (Uncle Pig in the Hokkien dialect), was shot at by a man he had been speaking with earlier at an open car park near entertainment outlets in a mall in Jalan Datuk Keramat.

Police have recovered seven bullet casings and detained two foreigners who were said to have been on the scene attempting to clean up the evidence.

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Police also have closed-circuit television camera footage taken from the scene and are reviewing it.

Yesterday, a 37-year-old man was gunned down in a gangland-style hit while waiting at traffic lights in George Town.

Police have identified the victim as K. Veerapan, a former convict who had been nabbed for dealing in drugs.

According to The Star Online, police suspect the incident may be linked to gang rivalry.

In another incident yesterday, a businessman was reportedly shot at six times while at his home in Pulau Tikus but was not injured.

In Perak, a man has been hospitalised after being hit by four bullets at another drive-by shooting case in Chemor.

A surge in gun violence has captured the nation’s attention in recent days.

Among the high-profile incidents involving firearms were the assassination of Arab Malaysian Bank founder Hussain Ahmad Najadi in a busy car park in the heart of Kuala Lumpur on July 29 just three days after the attempted murder of anti-crime activist R. Sri Sanjeevan at a traffic light junction in Jempol, Negri Sembilan.

Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak had pledged his government’s commitment to consider “anything” the police needs to fight serious crime, including extra powers under a new law that is expected to be tabled in the next Parliament session in September.

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